We often recommend Ikea kitchen cabinets as a solid, cost effective option for those looking to remodel. And nowadays there are so many spin-off companies offering cabinet front styles specially designed to fit Ikea base cabinetry that while being economical is a priority, it doesn’t. There’s no reason not to at least start with an Ikea skeleton. (See Ikea Kitchen Improvement: 11 Custom Cabinet Companies For The Ultimate Kitchen Hack.)
That’s what we assumed this expensive-looking kitchen by architects Luke and Joanne McClelland was: a skeleton base from Ikea, improved with doors from another company. It turns out that the whole thing is a combination of Ikea components!
The two architects (he has his own company, MCLND), normally work on high end projects, but for their own kitchen remodeling in Edinburgh, Scotland, they had to work on a budget that was a tenth of what they used to. Their solution: “We tried to use affordable products to recreate the specific qualities that previous customers associated with luxury: simplicity, symmetry, integration.”
Here’s how they overhauled their kitchen for less than $ 13,000, including appliances (but not counting labor).